Cleveland Browns(2-7SU, 4-5 ATS) vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-5 SU, 4-5 ATS)
NFL Week 11
Date/Time: November 18, 1pm ET
Where: Cowboy Stadium
byEvergreen,Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Cle +8/DAL -8
Over/Under Total: 43.5
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As anNFL season goes on, there are often matchups that one would circle and identify as must watch or postseason previews but while the Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys isnt one of those for Week 11 of this season, you dont have to want to watch the game to win some money on it.The Browns head south to take on Americas Team in the JerryDome and even though Cleveland is mired in another season of mostly poor results, they are led by two pretty exciting rookies on offense and will be looking to pull an upset and finish the season off strong. The Cowboys are struggling a bit themselves with a 4-5 mark but are very much alive in the NFC East and can pull within one game of the division leading Giants who are on a bye.
The point spread info is pretty consistent out there with most online betting sites listing the Cowboys as a 8 point favorite but if you like the Browns here, check out 5Dimes where you can get Cleveland at +9.
Not to make too light of any NFL franchise but Cleveland is just not in the class of Dallas, even in a year when the Boys arent playing their best.The Browns rank outside the top-20 in just about every significant offensive and defensive yardage stat and are near the bottom of the league in points scored, averaging just 18.8 points per game.Trent Richardson had been putting up good numbers early but some nagging injuries and higher defensive focus have limited his impact of late.Brandon Weeden isnt giving games away but isnt playing at a high level either as the rookie has hit on just 55% completions and managed a sub-70 QB rating.Cleveland really suffers from a lack of playmakers as Josh Gordon has been too hit and miss and Josh Cribbs has been getting good numbers out of the return game but that is not translating to points.
Dallas has been the very same enigma that they have been for years now as they cant seem to put together a consistent winning streak yet they win games in such a way that youd think they are on the verge of finding it and going on a run.They looked great in week one while taking down the Giants but fell on their faces and lost by twenty in Seattle the following week.A two point loss at Baltimore was a much better showing than last weeks win against the Eagles as Dallas needed three non-offensive touchdowns to pull away from a Nick Foles led team.Tony Romo has played brilliantly at times and very poorly at others but really does remain the best case for the Cowboys as a potential playoff team as the QB has shown the ability to burn opposing defenses utilizing the talented Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.Defensively, the Dallas pass rush is among the best in the league and the secondary has chipped in to allow the 7thfewest passing yards entering the week.Demarcus Ware leads the team with nine sacks and Im sure that pressuring Weeden is job one for the front seven this week.
The Browns are without a win away from home this year and they havent really been close in some of those with just a two ATS wins in their last eight contests on the road.Oddly, the Cowboys do not enjoy a home-field advantage as they are on an 0-6 skid against the spread in Dallas.
Both teams are relatively healthy with most of the injuries coming down the depth chart but Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray looks like he will miss another week with his foot injury.
I really havent found too many votes for the Brows in the early betting so this one is either an easy Dallas win or everyone is missing the boat.Even without a strong home-field advantage, I think Dallas should be able to take care of this one by a comfortable margin.They should have some renewed energy after the Giants loss and they really havent played well enough to be overconfident in any game so I doubt they would look past a lesser team.Dallas isnt great on offense but Cleveland is below average defensively so look for a safer gameplan for Romo to limit the turnovers and let the talent advantage win out.Jason Witten will be busy and Felix Jones is good enough to keep the ball moving and the Cowboys do enough to put this one away as the game gets late.Dallas 27 Cleveland 16
EvergreensPick to Cover the Point Spread: Dallas.
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